Friday, February 28, 2014

The 2nd CAFAM Biennale

The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture. Curatorial and the artistic gestures of selecting, arranging, organizing, and displaying overlap and collide. Modes of classification favored by modern museology are usurped by artistic acts of selection and sorting which eschew order in favor of rupture.

Experimenting with the possibilities of curatorial education and its potential to impact cultural development, CAFA Art Museum has invited six leading curatorial programs from the U.S.A., Europe, and China to join in the organization of the Biennale. Representing California College of the Arts, San Francisco; China Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing; China Academy of Art, Hangzhou; de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam; École du Magasin, Grenoble, and the Royal College of Art, London, faculty members and alumni have collaborated on the overall conception and execution of this unique project as well as worked independently to present six distinct but related exhibitions that feature artworks from 68 artists and groups. 

The title of the Biennale—The Invisible Hand—refers to Adam Smith's metaphor describing the self-regulating behavior of the marketplace. In the context of the six respective exhibitions the metaphor is extended to intimate something of the histories, methodologies, and theories that inform curating, without leaving visible traces of their impact. 

CAFA art museum Beijing

While they offer a variety of interpretations of the overarching theme, Smith's presence is directly acknowledged in artistic gestures of political, social, sexual, and imaginative resistance to dominant modes of liberal politics and capitalist economics. 

At the same time, the museum is revealed as a theater of objects, which despite the mechanisms of display and interpretation yet enact their own tales. Its dense acreage of its storage areas is additionally understood as humanity's cellar, the contents of which mirror our histories, while temporary displays in the galleries only reflect our prevailing ideologies. Curatorial and the artistic gestures of selecting, arranging, organizing, and displaying overlap and collide. Modes of classification favored by modern museology are usurped by artistic acts of selection and sorting which eschew order in favor of rupture. 

Through the exhibition and its associated conference and publication, the Biennale will thus highlight and promote the role of curating as a practice that constructs knowledge as part of an expanded ecology, which is integrated with academic education and social practice. 

Exhibitions presented in The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture 

No Puppet is Dumber than its Puppeteer_ 
Bani Abidi, Luke Ching, Tyler Coburn, Mark Dion, Yva Jung, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Céline Condorelli & Gavin Wade, Elio Montanari, Wendelien Van Oldenborgh, Pedro Reyes, Moe Satt, Wilson Sheih, Angela Su, Wang Wei, Yu Cheng-Ta 
Curated by Kit Hammonds with Olga Fernandez, Yung Ma, and November Paynter 

The Code of The Golden Bough—Economics of Witchcraft, Soul, and Faces 
He An, Omer Fast, Meschac Gaba, Khaled Hourani, Huang Ran, Li Jingxiong, Liu Xinyi, Ma Daha, Pak Sheung Chuen, Wang Sishun, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Xu Zhen, Yang Beichen (Alain Cavalier, Raoul Ruiz, Albert Serra, Andrey Tarkovskiy, Wang Bing), Vadim Zakharov, Zhao Yao 
Curated by Hu Danjie 

Game Theory: Which Animals Are Most Like Each Other? 
Constant Niewenhuys/New Babylon, Experimental Jetset, Provo, Temporary Services, The Yes Men, YKON 
Curated by Angela Jerardi 

Museum Cellar 
Gerard Altaió, Huang Sunquan, Marco Casagrande, Wang Jiahao, Shi Ke, Wang Kewei 
Curated by Ma Nan 

On Ambiguity and Other Forms To Play With 
Bik van Der Pol, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Heman Chong, Claire Fontaine, Mark Dion, Dora Garcia, Pablo Helguera, Tobias Kaspar, Lili Reynaud-Dewar 
Curated by Veronica Valentini 

Parliament of Things, or, Wandering in a Continuously Bewildering Wonder 
Zarouhie Abdalian & Joseph Rosenzweig, Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong, Heman Chong, Hans Peter Feldmann, Harrell Fletcher, Mario Garcia Torres, Maryam Jafri, Joachim Koester, Jompet Kuswidananto, Gabriel Lester, Li Ran, Herbert List, Rabih Mroué, Pratchaya Phinthong, Man Ray, Pedro Reyes, Tino Sehgal, Alexandre Singh, Javier Téllez, Mungo Thomson 
Curated by Xiaoyu Weng 

The CAFAM Biennale is organized by the Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing. 
Art Directors-General: Pan Gongkai, Xu Bing 
Art Director: Wang Huangsheng 
Academic Supporter: Yi Ying 
Coordinator: Wang Chunchen 

Curatorial Advisors: Yves Aupetitallot, Ann Demeester, Gao Shiming, Hou Hanru, Leigh Markopoulos, Victoria Walsh, and Yu Ding 

To get more details about the exhibition 

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Press Conference: Introduction to the 2ndCAFAM Biennale 
Moderator:WANG Huangsheng 
Curatorial Team:Kit Hammonds, HU Danjie, Angela Jerardi, MA Nan, Veronica Valentini, Xiaoyu WENG 
Time: 14:00, Feb. 28, 2014 
Auditorium, CAFA Art Museum 

The Opening Ceremony of the 2ndCAFAM Biennale 
Time: 16:00, Feb. 28, 2014 

CAFA Art Museum 
No.8 Hua Jia Di Nan St. - Chao Yang District, Beijing 
Hours: Tue-Sun(Closed on Mon)09:30-17:30 (Stop ticket booking after 17:00) 
Admission: Ticket 15 RMB, Preferential ticket 10 RMB




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